Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Person of the Year 2007 Humanity Award

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Person of the Year 2007 Humanity Award

Article excerpt

Who is the person you would say has done most for the good of humanity this year?

Which man or woman most demonstrated the better side of being human?

The New Statesman Person of the Year Humanity Award is your chance to nominate someone who has done most in the past 12 months to inspire and enrich the lives of others, either in their community or their profession, globally or locally.

The vote takes place entirely online, so visit our website to take part. You have until 5 December to make your nomination.

When all nominations have been received we will count up the votes, and the winner of the award will be profiled in the NS Christmas Special (out on 14 December).

Dave Rowntree, ex-Blur drummer, nominates

Sister Helen Prejean


This year I was fortunate enough to meet Sister Helen Prejean (above), the inspirational campaigner against the death penalty, whose book on the execution of Patrick Sonnier inspired the film Dead Man Walking. The United States is still killing, and she is still campaigning, so Sister Helen is my Person of the Year.

Barbara Frost, CEO of WaterAid, nominates

Deborah Kogi

Deborah Kogi works in Bauchi State, Nigeria, as a fieldworker in water and hygiene education for an NGO called Women in Nigeria. This October, Deborah travelled to the UK to explain the desperate water and sanitation situation in Nigeria, where life expectancy is 43 years, and where water supply is still low down on the political agenda. Deborah stands out for her astonishing passion and strength of purpose in promoting the right to water and sanitation for all people, but especially women, children, the poor and the marginalised.

John Bird, founder of the Big Issue, nominates

Gordon Roddick

Gordon Roddick has supported more social enterprises--particularly those with social performance targets as well as financial ones--than anyone else I know, at home and abroad. …

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